Pearl Harbor survivors to commemorate attack that drew U.S. into World War Two
By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - American survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, many of them in their 90s, will gather on Saturday near Honolulu to mark the anniversary of the attack in 1941 that took the lives of more than two thousand of their peers and thrust the United States into World War Two. Some 50 survivors will take part in the 72nd commemoration of December 7, according to Eileen Martinez, Chief of Interpretation for the USS Arizona Memorial. “This is our most important day at Pearl Harbor.” Civilian witnesses from the island of Oahu as well as World War Two veterans and their families will gather at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to remember the surprise assault by Japanese air and naval forces that claimed roughly 2,400 American lives. A guided missile destroyer will render honors to the USS Arizona, and a flyover will take place.